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[ sting ]
/ stɪŋ /
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verb (used with object), stung [stuhng] /stʌŋ/ or (Obsolete) stang [stang]; /stæŋ/; stung; sting·ing.

verb (used without object), stung [stuhng] /stʌŋ/ or (Obsolete) stang [stang]; /stæŋ/; stung; sting·ing.

noun

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Origin of sting

First recorded before 900; (verb) Middle English stingen, Old English stingan “to pierce”; cognate with Old Norse stinga “to pierce,” Gothic -stangan (in usstangan “to pull out”); (noun) Middle English sting(e),Old English: “act of stinging,” derivative of the verb
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British Dictionary definitions for sting

sting
/ (stɪŋ) /

verb stings, stinging or stung

noun

stinging, adjectivestingingly, adverbstingingness, noun
Old English stingan; related to Old Norse stinga to pierce, Gothic usstangan to pluck out, Greek stakhus ear of corn
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for sting

sting
[ stĭng ]

v.

To pierce or wound painfully with or as if with a sharp-pointed structure or organ, as that of certain insects.
To introduce venom by stinging.
To cause to feel a sharp smarting pain by or as if by pricking with a sharp point.

n.

The act of stinging.
The wound or pain caused by or as if by stinging.
The venom apparatus of a stinging organism.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.

Idioms and Phrases with sting

sting

see take the sting out of.

The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.
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